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# factcheck - Thursday 14 January, 2021

Factfind: Did the government actually follow NPHET's advice heading into December?
# Advice
# Advice

Factfind: Did the government actually follow NPHET's advice heading into December?

Jan 14th 2021, 12:05 AM 58,652 Views 0 Comments

This week, Health Mininister Stephen Donnelly denied the government had gone against public health advice.

# factcheck - Saturday 9 January, 2021

Debunked: Several claims about Covid-19 in a video featuring Dolores Cahill are false or misleading
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# Debunked

Debunked: Several claims about Covid-19 in a video featuring Dolores Cahill are false or misleading

Jan 9th 2021, 10:30 AM 360,412 Views 0 Comments

The video was posted online before Christmas and now has more than 1 million views.

# factcheck - Friday 8 January, 2021

FactCheck: No, Pfizer did not say unprotected sex should be avoided after the vaccine because of risk from 'genetic manipulation'
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# Factcheck

FactCheck: No, Pfizer did not say unprotected sex should be avoided after the vaccine because of risk from 'genetic manipulation'

Jan 8th 2021, 6:17 PM 81,226 Views 0 Comments

A false claim on social media suggests that a Pfizer document said vaccine recipients should not have unprotected sex for 28 days after receiving their second dose.

Debunked: No, this poster is not from the HSE telling people to report neighbours who do not wear a mask
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Debunked: No, this poster is not from the HSE telling people to report neighbours who do not wear a mask

Jan 8th 2021, 12:55 PM 27,045 Views 0 Comments

A poster that falsely claims to have been published by the HSE is being shared on social media.

# factcheck - Monday 4 January, 2021

Debunked: No, this is not a photo of a man attacked by George Nkencho
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# Factcheck

Debunked: No, this is not a photo of a man attacked by George Nkencho

Jan 4th 2021, 6:02 PM 6,976 Views 0 Comments

An image being shared on social media is actually of an Everton football fan attacked in 2019.

FactCheck: No, George Nkencho was not a convicted criminal out on bail for attacking his girlfriend
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FactCheck: No, George Nkencho was not a convicted criminal out on bail for attacking his girlfriend

Jan 4th 2021, 5:51 PM 38,744 Views 0 Comments

A claim on social media says that George Nkencho had 32 convictions, but this is false.

# factcheck - Tuesday 29 December, 2020

Debunked: No, a Freedom of Information request to the HSE did not prove that Covid-19 does not exist
# Debunked
# Debunked

Debunked: No, a Freedom of Information request to the HSE did not prove that Covid-19 does not exist

Dec 29th 2020, 5:52 PM 47,204 Views 0 Comments

The claim originated in a series of posts by Anti-Corruption Ireland last week.

# factcheck - Monday 28 December, 2020

Debunked: No, a former Pfizer employee was not correct to say there is 'no need for vaccines'
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Debunked: No, a former Pfizer employee was not correct to say there is 'no need for vaccines'

Dec 28th 2020, 1:51 PM 257,691 Views 0 Comments

Quotes attributed to Dr Mike Yeadon are inaccurate.

Debunked: No, this video does not show that a hospital in the North lied about being over capacity
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# Factcheck

Debunked: No, this video does not show that a hospital in the North lied about being over capacity

Dec 28th 2020, 1:17 PM 1,747 Views 0 Comments

The Northern Trust has said that claims of lies about hospital capacity in the North are “ridiculous”.

# factcheck - Wednesday 23 December, 2020

Debunked: No, this US nurse who fainted after her Covid-19 vaccine has not died
# Debunked
# Debunked

Debunked: No, this US nurse who fainted after her Covid-19 vaccine has not died

Dec 23rd 2020, 5:30 PM 91,987 Views 0 Comments

The nurse has said her fainting was not linked to the vaccine, but to a health condition she has.

Debunked: No, this photo does not show Paris 'in full out war' over Covid-19 restrictions
# Debunked
# Debunked

Debunked: No, this photo does not show Paris 'in full out war' over Covid-19 restrictions

Dec 23rd 2020, 11:18 AM 2,486 Views 0 Comments

The photo was taken in 2018 when France won the World Cup.

# factcheck - Tuesday 22 December, 2020

FactCheck: No, a claim by an Irish doctor that PCR tests have a 97% false positive rate is not true
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# Factcheck

FactCheck: No, a claim by an Irish doctor that PCR tests have a 97% false positive rate is not true

Dec 22nd 2020, 12:05 AM 58,176 Views 0 Comments

The video, which has attracted hundreds of shares and likes on Facebook, makes a number of claims about PCR testing.

# factcheck - Monday 21 December, 2020

How anti-vaccine misinformation took aim at the Toy Show - and what can be done about it
# Anti-vaxxers
# Anti-vaxxers

How anti-vaccine misinformation took aim at the Toy Show - and what can be done about it

Dec 21st 2020, 7:00 AM 46,084 Views 104 Comments

Ireland is seeing a lot of misinformation about vaccines right now – and there’s no sign of it stopping.

# factcheck - Friday 18 December, 2020

FactFind: Has Covid-19 impacted the overall number of deaths in Ireland this year?
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# Factcheck

FactFind: Has Covid-19 impacted the overall number of deaths in Ireland this year?

Dec 18th 2020, 7:00 PM 52,285 Views 0 Comments

Deaths rose by 14.1% in the second quarter of 2020 compared to the same period in 2019.

# factcheck - Thursday 17 December, 2020

FactCheck: No, it is not true that only people with pre-existing conditions have died from Covid-19 in the UK
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# Factcheck

FactCheck: No, it is not true that only people with pre-existing conditions have died from Covid-19 in the UK

Dec 17th 2020, 5:56 PM 17,835 Views 0 Comments

A post on social media has falsely claimed that the NHS confirmed no Covid-19 deaths occurred among people without a pre-existing condition.

# factcheck - Wednesday 16 December, 2020

FactCheck: Was Micheál Martin right to say that the banks were not bailed out in 2008?
# Recession
# Recession

FactCheck: Was Micheál Martin right to say that the banks were not bailed out in 2008?

Dec 16th 2020, 6:56 PM 61,756 Views 0 Comments

The Taoiseach has suggested that the bank guarantee was an investment.

# factcheck - Friday 11 December, 2020

FactCheck: Are RNA Covid-19 vaccines actually responsible for 'genetic manipulation'?
# Covid19 Facts
# Covid19 Facts

FactCheck: Are RNA Covid-19 vaccines actually responsible for 'genetic manipulation'?

Dec 11th 2020, 3:03 PM 25,585 Views 0 Comments

A tweet going viral raises the spectre of some vaccines causing lasting genetic change to our cells, but this is untrue.

# factcheck - Thursday 10 December, 2020

FactCheck: Have manufacturers provided 'incomplete testing data' meaning their vaccines won't be approved?
# Factcheck
# Factcheck

FactCheck: Have manufacturers provided 'incomplete testing data' meaning their vaccines won't be approved?

Dec 10th 2020, 9:00 PM 16,747 Views 0 Comments

False claims have spread on social media about Covid-19 testing and vaccination.

Debunked: No, Pfizer's head of research did not say the Covid vaccine is 'female sterilisation'
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# Factcheck

Debunked: No, Pfizer's head of research did not say the Covid vaccine is 'female sterilisation'

Dec 10th 2020, 6:13 PM 55,649 Views 0 Comments

Social media posts making the claim have been shared thousands of times in recent days.

# factcheck - Sunday 6 December, 2020

FactFind: Have Covid-19 vaccines been tested among older age groups?
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# Factcheck

FactFind: Have Covid-19 vaccines been tested among older age groups?

Dec 6th 2020, 12:05 AM 41,266 Views 0 Comments

Let’s take a look at how trials for the Moderna, Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines have involved older age groups.

# factcheck - Friday 4 December, 2020

FactCheck: Was the UK able to approve the Pfizer vaccine before the EU because of Brexit?
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# Factcheck

FactCheck: Was the UK able to approve the Pfizer vaccine before the EU because of Brexit?

Dec 4th 2020, 6:10 AM 20,477 Views 0 Comments

The head of the UK regulator who approved the Pfizer vaccine said its progress was “totally dependent” on the “rolling review” approach it took.

# factcheck - Thursday 26 November, 2020

Debunked: Is this photo from the recent RTÉ gathering?
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# Factcheck

Debunked: Is this photo from the recent RTÉ gathering?

Nov 26th 2020, 5:50 PM 5,784 Views 0 Comments

Staff from RTÉ did have a social gathering earlier this month – but this photo does not show it.

FactCheck: Did the creator of PCR tests say they don't work for Covid-19?
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# Factcheck

FactCheck: Did the creator of PCR tests say they don't work for Covid-19?

Nov 26th 2020, 4:09 PM 133,417 Views 0 Comments

Posts on social media have wrongly claimed that PCR testing is inaccurate and produces a high rate of false positive results.

FactCheck: No, the WHO's Dr Mike Ryan didn't say that Covid-19 is 'no more dangerous' than the flu
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FactCheck: No, the WHO's Dr Mike Ryan didn't say that Covid-19 is 'no more dangerous' than the flu

Nov 26th 2020, 12:05 AM 29,457 Views 14 Comments

A number of different posts on Facebook with the same text have claimed that the assertion was made at a WHO briefing.

# factcheck - Monday 23 November, 2020

Debunked: No, you won't need a 'vaccination passport' to receive social welfare
# Debunked
# Debunked

Debunked: No, you won't need a 'vaccination passport' to receive social welfare

Nov 23rd 2020, 5:40 PM 25,932 Views 0 Comments

The Department of Social Protection has confirmed that this is incorrect.

# factcheck - Friday 20 November, 2020

FactCheck: Yes, the children's flu vaccine is authorised for use in Ireland
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# Factcheck

FactCheck: Yes, the children's flu vaccine is authorised for use in Ireland

Nov 20th 2020, 6:15 AM 10,058 Views 0 Comments

Despite what the misleading claim says, the Fluenz Tetra vaccine has been authorised since 2013.

# factcheck - Thursday 19 November, 2020

FactCheck: No, a German city has not ruled that compulsory mask-wearing is illegal
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# Factcheck

FactCheck: No, a German city has not ruled that compulsory mask-wearing is illegal

Nov 19th 2020, 5:17 PM 22,558 Views 0 Comments

Guidance on mask-wearing in the German city of Düsseldorf has recently been updated, but the requirement to wear a mask has not been banned as claims suggest.

# factcheck - Sunday 15 November, 2020

Debunked: No, the HSE hasn't said its coronavirus testing method is useless
# Covid19 Facts
# Covid19 Facts

Debunked: No, the HSE hasn't said its coronavirus testing method is useless

Nov 15th 2020, 8:30 AM 23,266 Views 0 Comments

The PCR test is globally recognised as the gold standard method for detecting the coronavirus.

# factcheck - Friday 13 November, 2020

Debunked: No, a Fine Gael Senator is not being paid €150,000 to sit on the board of Pieta House
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# Factcheck

Debunked: No, a Fine Gael Senator is not being paid €150,000 to sit on the board of Pieta House

Nov 13th 2020, 5:51 PM 6,857 Views 2 Comments

None of the members of the board of Pieta House are paid for their work.

# factcheck - Thursday 12 November, 2020

Debunked: No, the Army is not going to chip children in schools so they can monitor them
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# Factcheck

Debunked: No, the Army is not going to chip children in schools so they can monitor them

Nov 12th 2020, 12:11 PM 16,564 Views 0 Comments

The incorrect claim is being widely shared on social media.

# factcheck - Wednesday 11 November, 2020

Debunked: No, face masks 'sprayed with Teflon' are not causing flu-like symptoms
# Debunked
# Debunked

Debunked: No, face masks 'sprayed with Teflon' are not causing flu-like symptoms

Nov 11th 2020, 6:10 AM 17,269 Views 15 Comments

This claim has been shared widely on Facebook recently.

# factcheck - Monday 2 November, 2020

FactCheck: No, care home residents in Ireland did not die two days after receiving a flu vaccine
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# Factcheck

FactCheck: No, care home residents in Ireland did not die two days after receiving a flu vaccine

Nov 2nd 2020, 6:17 PM 31,115 Views 16 Comments

A social media post claims older people have been given a higher dose of the vaccine as part of a “culling agenda”.

# factcheck - Tuesday 27 October, 2020

FactCheck: No, a 6-year-old boy has not been kidnapped in Navan
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# Factcheck

FactCheck: No, a 6-year-old boy has not been kidnapped in Navan

Oct 27th 2020, 2:01 PM 3,158 Views 6 Comments

Posts containing this false claim have been shared on Facebook recently.

# factcheck - Friday 23 October, 2020

FactFind: Were self-harm and suicide statistics measured during the pandemic?
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# Factfind

FactFind: Were self-harm and suicide statistics measured during the pandemic?

Oct 23rd 2020, 12:05 AM 29,436 Views 0 Comments

A TD said on RTÉ Radio One at the weekend: “We have stopped measuring suicide and self-harm in this country.”

# factcheck - Tuesday 20 October, 2020

FactFind: Has the World Health Organisation changed its position on lockdowns?
# David Nabarro
# David Nabarro

FactFind: Has the World Health Organisation changed its position on lockdowns?

Oct 20th 2020, 12:05 AM 58,311 Views 0 Comments

No. It hasn’t.

# factcheck - Thursday 15 October, 2020

FactCheck: Claim made in full-page Irish Times ad about Covid-19 deaths is false
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# Factcheck

FactCheck: Claim made in full-page Irish Times ad about Covid-19 deaths is false

Oct 15th 2020, 9:16 PM 205,339 Views 0 Comments

The ad calls for an alternative approach to ongoing Covid-19 restrictions.

# factcheck - Friday 2 October, 2020

FactCheck: Many of the claims made about Covid-19 in a leaflet sent to Dublin households are false or misleading
# Debunked
# Debunked

FactCheck: Many of the claims made about Covid-19 in a leaflet sent to Dublin households are false or misleading

Oct 2nd 2020, 12:01 AM 87,159 Views 90 Comments

The leaflet was distributed in the name of Anti-Corruption Ireland, an anti-government group.

# factcheck - Wednesday 30 September, 2020

FactFind: Are Fine Gael's claims about Sinn Féin in a video published on social media accurate?
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# Factcheck

FactFind: Are Fine Gael's claims about Sinn Féin in a video published on social media accurate?

Sep 30th 2020, 12:05 AM 55,767 Views 91 Comments

The video on Twitter and Facebook accused Sinn Féin of being “two-faced and hypocritical”. But were the claims in it correct?

# factcheck - Tuesday 29 September, 2020

Debunked: No, this photo does not show a skip filled with food waste from Dublin restaurants which were forced to close
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# Factcheck

Debunked: No, this photo does not show a skip filled with food waste from Dublin restaurants which were forced to close

Sep 29th 2020, 7:15 PM 4,362 Views 2 Comments

The photo has been shared on social media in recent days – but it was actually taken in England five years ago.

# factcheck - Wednesday 23 September, 2020

Debunked: No, Smyths Toys is not closing its doors and going 'online only' in the run up to Christmas
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# Factcheck

Debunked: No, Smyths Toys is not closing its doors and going 'online only' in the run up to Christmas

Sep 23rd 2020, 3:34 PM 40,561 Views 28 Comments

Several claims online say the store is to stop retail sales from next week.